Hospital boards plan $12M wing

The Southwest Memorial Hospital building is turning 41 next year, and board members say it’s showing its age. The remedy? A “21st century” in-patient wing, estimated to cost $12 million, that...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mesa Verde Country hires new director

Local tourism engine Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information Bureau has hired longtime Cortez resident Kelly Kirkpatrick as its new executive director. “I’m very excited,” said Kirkpatrick. “I’m...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Sex case ends in mistrial

The trial of convicted sex offender Andrew Allmon, 55, of Cortez, ended Friday in a mistrial after jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours. The jury deadlocked on charges that Allmon sexually...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Testimony concludes in child sex case

Testimony in the trial of a previously convicted sex offender charged with molesting an 8-year-old girl in 2013 concluded Wednesday afternoon. Closing statements were set to start at 10 a.m. on...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officer in Make My Day case is reprimanded

A patrol officer with the Cortez Police Department was chastised last year four days after he was allegedly stabbed.The Cortez Journal obtained all performance evaluations, internal affairs...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medical expert testifies at sex trial

The alleged victim in a child sexual molestation case didn’t sustain a physical injury, according to a medical expert. Dr. Robert Heyl, a private family physician, was instructed by law enforcement...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial for convicted sex offender underway

Public defenders representing a convicted sex offender on new child sex charges told jurors this week that their client was innocent. In a 15-minute opening statement on Monday, Jan. 12, public...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm hits Four Corners; Cortez classes mistakenly canceled

The National Weather Service forecast a chance of rain and snow before 8 p.m. Tuesday night, with a slight chance of snow between 8 p.m. and midnight and temperatures falling to about 20 degrees. ...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury picked from pool of 400 in sex case

Some 400 Montezuma County residents were summoned for jury duty last week. More than 100 were questioned privately in the judge’s chamber. Court officials explained that jurors who indicated they...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Papa Murphy’s quietly opens on Main Street

When Art Bonn and his business partner Rolly Jackson were looking for a new venture, the plan was to find something that was “Internet-proof.” Jackson owned the former RadioShack on Main Street, a...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Rain and snow mix expected this weekend

Rain and snow are in the forecast for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service forecast, but with daytime temperatures hovering in the low 40s, it’s unlikely anything will stick. ...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bike advocates propose expanding Phil’s World

The Kokopelli Bike Club has proposed a 13.6-mile trail expansion at Phil’s World, which has irked some neighbors. The proposal includes two new trailheads complete with parking spaces: one on...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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